Basically an anonymous proxy hides your IP and protects other personally identifiable information being leaked on to the Web, thus protecting your online privacy. An anonymous web proxy lets you surf the web anonymously in your browser with out needing to install any software locally. You can use the service from any computer as they are web based.
The proxy software resides in the server of the proxy service that you are using. The proxy server acts as a middleman between your browser and the websites you are visiting, thus preventing the websites and in some cases even your ISP from tracking your browsing habits. The proxies are created using server side scripts like CGIproxy, Phproxy, Glype and the like.
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Uses of Anonymous Proxies
One may choose to use an anonymous proxy for various reasons ranging from online privacy and security, evading censorship and filtering. Encrypted anonymous proxies, in addition protect you from eavesdropping by packet sniffers. Many of the web proxies also offer ads, cookie and script filtering enhancing your privacy.
When NOT to use Anonymous Web Proxies
- Remember NOT to use these services for online banking, shopping or any secure transaction where your personal information is required. Your friendly free provider of the proxy service may unscrupulously harvest your financial data.
- Remember that using an anonymous web proxy will only shield your browser traffic when browsing from the proxy site, not your bitTorrent or any other P2P program traffic.
- Remember that while using these services to unblock myspace or any other websites blocked by your school or workplace may be condoned any malicious or illegal use will in all likelihood land you in prison.
- Remember that using anonymous proxies to browse the web, thus masking your true identity may be illegal in the country where you reside.
Anonymous Web Proxy List
I have put together a list of websites offering anonymous web proxy services. The list contains only those sites that have been around fairly long and found mostly reliable in the past.
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